12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get great views at Independence Pass, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Aspen is minus 17 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, and then head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista visit planning website .

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Summit Lake Park, hike along St Mary's Glacier, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Idaho Springs vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Idaho Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: highs in Idaho Springs hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get great views at Milner Pass, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Idaho Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 18th (Sun), stroll around Garden of the Gods, then look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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